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12                       THE FATE OF MAN

a historic force and although it has made all
Christian nations historic, has nevet been able
to realize itself within history. To objectivize
Christianity is to place it in the same category
as all objectivity. Objectivized in history, Chris-
tianity becomes a social phenomenon, it is subject
to the socially prosaic. Christianity accepts his-
tory, operates within it, even battles against it,
and its spirit would be unrecognizable in an
historic objectivization. In a certain sense, every
single human soul has more meaning and value
than the whole of history with its empires, its
wars and revolutions, its blossoming and fading
civilizations. And because of this, the break
with history is inevitable—a judgment upon
history must be passed.

Never before has the conflict been so strongly
felt between man and history; never before have
the contradictions of history been so sharply
evident; never has man been so at the mercy
of the processes at work in history; at the same
time man was never so immersed in history,
plunged to its very depths, never so objectivized
or so socialized. No single person in modern
society is excepted—no one can escape from the
sphere of historic events which threaten his very
: bdng. In this connection there is no such thing
#s a privileged group: the fatality of history
all to a common level Man faces the